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by Michael Taeckens
Ron Charles of the Washington Post and the Totally Hip Video Book Review series gives his insights on the ethical and practical challenges of being a book critic for a major newspaper.
With so many good books being published every month, some literary titles worth exploring can get lost in the stacks. Page One offers the first lines of a dozen recently released books, including Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Buried Giant and Reif Larsen’s I Am Radar, as the starting point for a closer look at these new and noteworthy titles.
Publishing veteran Debra Englander gives an overview of the self-publishing process, followed by a conversation with literary agent Ted Weinstein—who represents Keith Devlin, NPR's Math Guy and author of numerous traditionally published books as well as the self-published title Leonardo and Steve: The Young Genius Who Beat Apple to Market by 800 Years—and publicist Amy Packard about the opportunities available to independent authors as well as the challenges they face.
National Poetry Day in the U.K., a new James Bond novel in the works; Shel Silverstein's The Giving Tree turns fifty; and other news.
Finalists for Kirkus Prize announced; National Book Foundation's 5 Under 35; Lee Child on why the Amazon-Hachette battle matters; and other news.
A sociologist at Queens College makes a compelling case for self-publishing; Harry Potter is all over a neighborhood in Missoula, Montana; Amy Tan builds a home she can grow old in; and other news.
Sarabande Books opens new offices in New York City; Gary Shteyngart to decrease blurbing habit; a “poetry fence” in Alexandria, Virginia; and other news.
A six-year-old collects six hundred books for the homeless; Leon Trotsky’s opinion on the Ukraine; a new biography of filmmakers during war; and other news.
by Evan Smith Rakoff
MacKenzie Bezos—wife of Amazon’s Jeff Bezos—posted a one-star review of Brad Stone’s The Everything Store; Mariel Hemingway revealed that her family didn’t speak of her grandfather Ernest’s suicide; Dr. George Walkden argues that the opening of Beowulf has been misconstrued for hundreds of years; and other news.
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